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'Tunnel' to open in Australia, North America

All Headlines 19:30 August 24, 2016

SEOUL, Aug. 24 (Yonhap) -- South Korean box-office smash hit "Tunnel" will open in Australia and North America this week, its local distributor said Wednesday.

The movie directed by Kim Seong-hun will be simultaneously released at 15 theaters in Australia and New Zealand on Thursday and 36 theaters in the United States and Canada on Friday, Showbox said.

Starting Sept. 2, it will be shown at two theaters in Britain.

In addition to the regions, the film's distribution rights have already been sold to China, the Philippines, Turkey and Vietnam. The number of countries to screen the Korean disaster flick is expected to rise as negotiations are underway in more than six countries to import it.

Released on Aug. 10, "Tunnel" has dominated the daily box office chart for 14 consecutive days in its home country, collecting a total audience of more than 5 million.

The movie starring Ha Jung-woo, Bae Doona and Oh Dal-su portrays the desperate struggle of a car salesman who accidentally gets trapped inside a collapsed tunnel on his way home from work. His wife and a 911 captain make every effort to save him but are confronted with politicians and people who do not want a development plan to be delayed to rescue a single person who may have already died.

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